Episode Guide for Season #3 of "Mad About You" for the Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.mad-about-you


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The MAY Episode Guides:

Episode Guide for Season #1
Episode Guide for Season #2
Episode Guide for Season #3
Episode Guide for Season #4
Episode Guide for Season #5
Episode Guide for Season #6


The Third Season


Table of Contents


Special Note:

Telecasts in Syndication:


Cast of Characters

  Paul Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paul Reiser
  Jamie Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . .  Helen Hunt
  Lisa Stemple . . . . . . . . . . . .  Anne Ramsay
  Fran Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . .  Leila Kenzle
  Ira Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . . .  John Pankow
  Murray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Maui

Supporting Characters

  Mark Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . .  Richard Kind
  Burt Buchman, Paul's father  . . . .  Louis Zorich
  Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother  . . .  Cynthia Harris
  Debbie, Paul's sister  . . . . . . .  Robin Bartlett
  Gus Stemple, Jamie's father  . . . .  John Karlen
  Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother  . .  Penny Fuller
  Aunt Lolly, Jamie's aunt . . . . . .  Meg Wyllie

  Maggie Conway, neighbour in 11-C . .  Judy Geeson
  Hal Conway, Maggie's husband . . . .  Jim Piddock
  Ursula, waitress at Riff's . . . . .  Lisa Kudrow
  Bill Wicker, the super . . . . . . .  Jerry Adler
  Kim, the grocer  . . . . . . . . . .  Ping Wu
  Remy, Paul's assistant . . . . . . .  Marva Hicks
  Sid Novak, Paul's editor . . . . . .  George O. Petrie
  Alan Tofsky, Jamie's ex-boyfriend  .  Eric Stoltz
  Susannah Gould, Jamie's class-mate .  Anne Bobby

3.1 Escape from New York [Season Opener]

The last weekend of a hot New York summer finds Paul and Jamie borrowing Fran's car to drive down to the Jersey shore for a taste of fried clams, trying to recall the name of a favorite restaurant.

  Supporting Cast: Sylvia and Ursula.

3.2 Home

The War of the Buchmans and the Conways is fully engaged as rumors fly about the apartment building going co-op. Meanwhile Murray and Sophie find true love and then some more.

  Supporting Cast: Sylvia, Maggie and Mr. Wicker.
  Guest Character:
  Hal Conway  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jim Piddock

3.3 Till Death Do Us Part

Paul's idea for the final resting place for the ashes of Jamie's uncle Van takes the Buchmans to Belmont, where Lisa pays admission for her uncle, Ira has a relapse and Jamie backs a long shot named About-To-Be-Glue to win big.

  Guest Characters:
  Maurice . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Ernie Sabella
  Mike, at Gamblers Anonymous . . . .  Dana Lee
  Tommy's friend  . . . . . . . . . .  Mario Ruccuzzo
  Racetrack patrons . . . . . . . . .  Al Berry, Bill P. Murry,
                                       Danny Mora, Bill Saluga
  As himself  . . . . . . . . . . . .  The Voice

3.4 When I'm Sixty-Four

The Wickers have a big fight and Mr. Wicker moves in with the Buchmans. Meanwhile Jamie finally succumbs to an eye exam, but can't decide between glasses and contact lenses.

  Supporting Cast: Maggie and Mr. Wicker.
  Guest Characters:
  Claire Wicker . . . . . . . . . . .  Anita Gillette
  The salesgirl . . . . . . . . . . .  Kristen Cloke
  The optician  . . . . . . . . . . .  Tony Edwards

3.5 Legacy

Buchman's Sporting Goods store has its annual midnight sale and in arranging an appearance by a former Yankee player, Jamie gets her PR juices flowing. But Paul is left feeling uncomfortable, for more reasons than one.

  Supporting Cast: Burt and Sylvia.
  Guest Characters:
  Sloopy Dunbar . . . . . . . . . .  Charles Hallahan
  Man looking for fishing rod . . .  Michael Tomlinson
  Woman shopping for golf clubs . .  Wendy Kamenoff

3.6 Pandora's Box

Jamie works around Paul's opposition to having a TV in their bedroom and hot-wires an additional cable outlet with Fran's help. The inevitable, farcical complications lead ultimately to a citywide blackout.

  Supporting Cast: Ursula, Maggie, Hal and Mr. Wicker.
  Guest Characters:
  Neighbor  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Liz Georges
  Her daughter  . . . . . . . . . .  Erin Trimble
  Actor on Soap Opera . . . . . . .  Brian Jensen
  Cable repairman . . . . . . . . .  Kevin M. Richardson
  Angry Neighbors . . . . . . . . .  Pat Crawford,
                                     Stan Sellers
  As himself  . . . . . . . . . . .  Al Roker

3.7 The Ride Home

Fran's Birthday party is the setting for Jamie's unexpected encounter with an ex-boyfriend, and the saga of who dumped whom dominates her evening. The cab-ride home provides two interlocking perspectives of the evening's events.

  Guest Characters:
  Alan Tofsky  . . . . . . . . . . .  Eric Stoltz
  Carol, of NBC  . . . . . . . . . .  Wendie Malick
  Tracy, the model . . . . . . . . .  Senait
  Doris and her husband (Bob)  . . .  Judith Hoag,
                                      Vince Grant
  Cabbie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joe Flood
  "But this is Pennsylvania!" Man  .  Tyrees Allen

3.8 Giblets For Murray

Jamie's perfect Thanksgiving feast involves a buffet for ten, and five turkeys, thanks to Murray and the extremely friendly neighborhood grocer Kim.

Kim's triples:

Paul's triple:

  Supporting Cast: Burt, Sylvia and Aunt Lolly.
  Guest Characters:
  Gus Stemple, Jamie's father  . . .  John Karlen
  Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother  .  Penny Fuller
  Kim, the grocer  . . . . . . . . .  Ping Wu
  Aunt Lolly  . . . . .  . . . . . .  Meg Wyllie
  Neighbor in 12-D . . . . . . . . .  Herself

3.9 Once More, With Feeling

As the Buchmans' sex-life waxes and wanes, Lisa snags a pair of free dinners, Fran loses a window office and Ira acquires a silent partner.

  Supporting Cast: Ursula.
  Guest Characters:
  Sid Novak, Paul's editor . . . . .  George O. Petrie
  Manny Gantz (Ganz) . . . . . . . .  Jack Shearer

3.10 The City

A bad day in the Big Apple leaves Jamie unwilling to go out to see a feel-good movie, but Paul talks her into an evening out, if only to meet Ira's new girlfriend.

  Guest Characters:
  Velma  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Marita Geraghty
  Cabbie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Iqbal Theba
  Cab-crasher  . . . . . . . . . . .  Allan Wasserman
  Man in the line  . . . . . . . . .  Kelly Perine
  Elderly patron . . . . . . . . . .  Bibi Osterwald
  Woman in theatre . . . . . . . . .  June Gable
  Man in wheel-chair . . . . . . . .  Richard Robert Redlin
  The Projectionist  . . . . . . . .  George D. Wallace
  As himself . . . . . . . . . . . .  Rudolph Guiliani

3.11 Our Fifteen Minutes

Paul is one of six documentary filmmakers selected by PBS to turn the camera on themselves for 15 minutes, and in his case, it turns into.. well, see for yourself why the cast unanimously selected this as a top-5 favorite episode!

  Supporting Cast:  Maggie Conway.

3.12 How To Fall In Love

Paul's ideas on how to meet and engage the opposite sex are tested by Jamie in a hypothetical encounter, while Ira has a very real encounter with Jamie's friend.

  Supporting Cast:  Ursula and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  Susannah Gould . . . . . . . . . .  Anne Bobby
  Mick, at the bar . . . . . . . . .  Eric Lutes

3.13 Mad About You (Parts I & II)

The saga of the three months leading up to Paul and Jamie's wedding, what with the invitations, the reception menu, the dress fittings, the band selection, the rehearsal dinner and the remarkable goings-on of the night before the wedding.

Advice to Newlyweds:

  Supporting Cast:  Mark Devanow, Sylvia and Burt, Debbie,
                    Theresa and Gus, Aunt Lolly and Remy.
  Guest Characters:
  Lenny, the renaissance man . . . .  Lyle Lovett
  The Postal worker  . . . . . . . .  Patrick Cronin
  Hillary, the caterer . . . . . . .  Jane Carr
  Saul, the dressmaker . . . . . . .  Ralph Lanza
  Antonio, the tailor  . . . . . . .  Vito Scotti
  Vicky, the dancer  . . . . . . . .  Kirsten Holmquist

3.14 Just My Dog

The tale of Murray's show-biz career, spawned by a walk-on appearance in a commercial directed by Paul, advanced by an eager agent, leading all the way to an audition for a series.

  Supporting Cast:  Maggie and Remy.
  Guest Characters:
  Bob, the agent . . . . . . . . . .  Brent Spiner
  The Ad Exec  . . . . . . . . . . .  Tom Gallop
  The Director . . . . . . . . . . .  Richard Frank
  As himself . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jay Leno
  As herself . . . . . . . . . . . .  Rachel Hunter

3.15 The Alan Brady Show

Paul finds it very difficult to deal with the considerable ego of a legendary TV star, until help arrives in the form of a tip from a surprising quarter.

  Supporting Cast:  Theresa Cooper Stemple, Aunt Lolly and Sid.
  Guest Characters:
  Alan Brady . . . . . . . . . . . .  Carl Reiner
  Mrs. Brady (in segment)  . . . . .  Alix Elias
  Maurice, the maitre d' . . . . . .  William Utay

3.16 Mad Without You

Jamie goes up to Connecticut to keep her dad company, and the home-alone Paul gets quite giddy being Lord of the Manor.

  Supporting Cast:  Maggie, Hal and Mr. Wicker.
  Guest Characters:
  Sister Dorothea  . . . . . . . . .  Debra Mooney
  Drycleaning pickup man . . . . . .  Carlos Ferro
  Meat of the Month Club man . . . .  Bill Ingram
  Sisters of Charity Mover . . . . .  Andrew Craig
  Man bidding on the bed . . . . . .  Tony Edwards

3.17 Purseona

Paul's Canadian adventure gets off to a bad start, Jamie's pitch to a client does likewise, while Lisa's day is smooth sailing after she accidentally snags her sister's purse and more. Lisa's shrink makes an appearance (and a writer).

  Guest Characters:
  Dr. Wallach  . . . . . . . . . . .  Nancy Lenehan
  Salesgirl at Klarik's  . . . . . .  Clea Lewis
  Mr. Howard, of Klarik's  . . . . .  John O'Leary
  Mr. Boniello, the client . . . . .  Pierre Gonneau
  Man at the airport . . . . . . . .  Michael Leopard
  Dr. Wallach's patient  . . . . . .  Andrew Gordon

3.18 Two Tickets To Paradise

Sylvia Buchman decides Paradise is not for her, so Paul and Jamie use his parents' non-refundable package for a holiday in the Caribbean, telling tall tales in multiple languages.

  Guest Characters:
  Trish Dawson . . . . . . . . . . .  Caroline Aaron
  Sam and Fritzi Frank . . . . . . .  John C. Moskoff,
                                      Annie Korzen
  The Waiter . . . . . . . . . . . .  Dominic Hoffman
  Louise . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Pamela Dunlap
  The neighbor at the hammock  . . .  Gregg Daniel
  The Bowling enthusiast . . . . . .  William Mesnick
  Boat rental agent  . . . . . . . .  Mark Tymchyshyn
  Mr. Shapiro  . . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Lembeck

3.19 Money Changes Everything

Marianne returns from Luxembourg, sans her husband, but with "more money than Canada," eager to finance Ira's new catalog business with an interest-free loan, but his silent partner finds voice to veto the deal.

  Supporting Cast:  Sid and Susannah.
  Guest Characters:
  Marianne Lugasso . . . . . . . . .  Cyndi Lauper
  Boston Celtics Fan . . . . . . . .  E. J. Callahan
  As Himself . . . . . . . . . . . .  Patrick Ewing

3.20 Cake Fear

The saga of Paul's birthdays since meeting Jamie, going back and then forth, recounting the disasters and the strange tale of a bottle of Grandfather port.

  Supporting Cast:  Maggie, Aunt Lolly, Sid and Susannah.

3.21 My Boyfriend's Back!

Jamie is obliged to work on an advertising campaign with her ex-boyfriend Alan, a graphics artist, who has recently published a comic book about an evil Queen in outer space. But the regal looks and exploits sound like anything but fiction to Jamie.

  Supporting Cast:  Hal and Alan.
  Guest Characters:
  Ralphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jon Polito
  Mikey  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Gareth Williams
  Mother of frightened child . . . .  April Ortiz
  Pizzeria men . . . . . . . . . . .  Larry Romano,
                                      Robert Dorfman

3.22 Up In Smoke (Parts I & II) [Season Finale]

Unable to buy her an anniversary present, with or without everyone else's help, Paul hands Jamie a slip of paper that reads "this note entitles the bearer to one magical night." Things take a decidedly unusual turn after that.

  Supporting Cast:  Ursula, Maggie and Hal, Mr. Wicker,
                      Susannah and Alan.
Guest Characters: Maitre d' . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward Hibbert Barking woman . . . . . . . . . . Cady Huffman Newsdealers . . . . . . . . . . . F. X. Vitolo, Tony Con-Forti.

3.23 The Test [A Montage]

A long wait at the bus-stop leaves time for the Buchmans to take a Cosmo marriage test. A clip show culled from episodes of the first three seasons that features a full-length rendition of the theme song ("The Final Frontier") at the end.

The Questions:

The Final Frontier Montage:




The Production Team

  Created by:             Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson
  Executive Producers:    Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Lane
  Co-Executive Producer:  Victor Fresco
  Consulting Producer:    Liz Coe
  Creative Consultant:    Victor Levin
  Producers:              Paul Reiser, Bruce Chevillat
  Co-Producers:           Billy Grundfest, Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn,
                          Jeffrey Klarik
  Supervising Producer:   Marjorie Weitzman
  Associate Producer,
    then Co-Producer:     Craig Knizek
  Script Supervisor:      Victoria Weisbart
  Production Coordinator: Susan Garon-Elliott
  Costumes:               Audrey Darin, Debi Orrico
  Art Direction:          Bernard Vyzga
  Photography:            Mikel Neiers
  Editing:                Sheila Amos
  Sound Mixing:           Peter Damski

  Writers:   Jack Burditt, Liz Coe, Eileen Conn, Victor Fresco,
             Andrew Gordon, Dan Greenberg, Billy Grundfest,
             Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Klarik, Jeffrey Lane,
             Victor Levin, Kenny Schwartz, Paul Reiser and
             Rick Wiener.

  Directors: Gordon Hunt, Michael Lembeck, Thomas Schlamme and
             David Steinberg.

Please send in comments/corrections to: Ramaswamy [ramax@ultranet.com]